The number of people treated in hospital for Covid on the Isle of Man has risen to six, with one person in intensive care for the first time in two months.
Active cases increased six-fold to 1,981 from 326 on July 16.
Two of the most recent infections involve residents of a nursing home for the elderly in Douglas.
Manx Care closed Reayrt-Ny-Baie in visitors and new entries on Wednesday.
No further information on the nursing home cases has been released.
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Chief Minister Howard Quayle said that while it was “shocking to see the virus spread” without any restrictions in place, learning to live with Covid “would never be easy”.
The damage to the island’s community and economy if the lockdowns were reintroduced would be worse, he added.
However, he said there was always a possibility that the government would have to take action if the pressure on health services became “too severe”.
“I hope our vaccination program means that such a step will not be necessary, but we cannot and must not exclude it,” he added.
About 78% of adults on the island have now received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.